After retiring from the USAF as a police superintendent, Vernon was an owner/operator of the largest independently owned pest control company in Surry County for several years. Since 1996, Vernon has served Northwest NC and SW Virginia counties surrounding Surry County in all phases of the real estate industry. Over the past several years he has earned the following real estate designations: Graduate of the REALTOR Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and the National Association of REALTORS’ GREEN Designation, and Short Sales and Foreclosures (SFR).
His accomplishments include serving twice as the President of the Surry Regional Association of REALTORS and having been honored both in 2001 and 2010 as the SRAR REALTOR of the Year. Vernon has served on numerous appointed as elected committees and boards at the state level, including being a past Regional Vice-President.